No, you’re not being “Punk’d”; Ashton Kutcher’s new flick, “Guess Who,” debuted at #1 on the box-office top 10.
The comedy, an update of the 1967 film “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner,” reverses the scenario of the original, and stars Bernie Mac as a protective father who is unhappy to find out that his daughter’s boyfriend (Kutcher) is white. The original, which took place during the civil-rights movement, relied heavily on social commentary and centered on a white woman who was engaged to a black man. “Guess Who” takes a more slapstick comedy angle, and pulled in $21 million, according to early estimates.
This week’s other new release, “Miss Congeniality 2: Armed and Fabulous,” bowed at #2. In the sequel to “Miss Congeniality,” Sandra Bullock returns as FBI agent Gracie Hart. This time around, Hart, who has become accustomed to the glamorous life of a celebrity, is forced to rely on her FBI skills to save her kidnapped pageant friends. In its opening week, the film pulled in more than $14.5 million.
It took the combined comedic power of the two new releases to push horror flick “The Ring Two” down from #1 — where it debuted last week — to #3. The second sequel on the box-office top 10 catches up with journalist Rachel Keller and her son Aiden as they relocate to Oregon to escape the curse of the ring, which, of course, catches up with them anyway. In its second week in theaters, “The Ring Two” pulled in $13.8 million.
Animated comedy “Robots” also slid two spots from #2 to #4. The film, which centers on an idealistic young robot who yearns to make the world a better place for robot-kind, took in $13 million.
Vin Diesel’s newly-discovered comedic prowess was no match for seasoned comedy vets Ashton Kutcher and Sandra Bullock. “The Pacifier,” which centers on a Navy SEAL who is assigned to protect the family of an assassinated government scientist, fell from #3 to #5 with more than $8.5 million.
After seven weeks in theaters, “Hitch” continues to woo moviegoers. Starring Will Smith as a “date doctor” who teaches romantically inept men to find their inner player, the film dropped a spot from #5 to #6 with $4.3 million.
Rounding out the box-office top 10 are “Hostage,” which falls from #6 to #7 with more than $4.1 million; “Ice Princess,” which slips from #4 to #8 with more than $3.7 million; “Be Cool,” which tumbles from #7 to #9 with more than $2.8 million; and “Million Dollar Baby,” which slides from #8 to #10 with more than $2.6 million.
Overall, ticket sales were down from the corresponding weekend last year.
Next week, look for “Beauty Shop” and “Sin City” to debut on the box-office top 10.
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